LibriVox recording of Rhetoric, by Aristotle, translated by Thomas Taylor. Read by Geoffrey Edwards.
The Rhetoric was developed by Aristotle during two periods when he was in Athens, the first between 367 to 347 BCE (when he was seconded to Plato in the Academy), and the second between 335 to 322 BCE (when he was running his own school, the Lyceum). The Rhetoric consists of three books. Book I offers a general overview, presenting the purposes of rhetoric and a working definition; it also offers a detailed discussion of the major contexts and types of rhetoric. Book II discusses in detail the three means of persuasion that an orator must rely on: those grounded in credibility (ethos), in the emotions and psychology of the audience (pathos), and in patterns of reasoning (logos). Book III introduces the elements of style (word choice, metaphor, and sentence structure) and arrangement (organization). Some attention is paid to delivery, but generally the reader is referred to the Poetics for more information in that area. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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February 6, 2012 Subject:
I strongly disagree with the reviewer that says the reader has no understanding of the meaning of what he is reading. On the contrary, I think he does a great job of making it understandable to anyone who is listening. His pacing is perfect for digesting Aristotles rich use of language.
April 18, 2010 Subject:
Mailed it in
Unlistenable. The reader gives no impression that he understands, or cares to, the meaning of the words he is speaking. He lapses into a sing-song, juvenile style suitable for children's books but not here. Librivox coaches readers in style. Let's hope for a better rendition to replace this one.